was in 1972 that Honda had globally launched the Civic and since then it has
sold more than 25 million units in more than 170 countries. It has been sold as
a sedan, a coupe and a hatch worldwide. India saw the 8th generation
Honda Civic but then the 9th generation went missing in the country.
Now the 10th generation Honda Civic has been launched in India and it
comes with a 1.8 litre petrol engine as well as a 1.6 litre diesel engine
Honda Civic Technical Specifications
Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC, 16 valves
Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC, 16 valves
Radial Ply, 215/50 R17 91V
X width X height (mm)
x 1799 x 1433
Exteriors of the 2019 Honda Civic
new Honda Civic is definitely a good looker, very sporty , very athletic and
very graceful. The coupe like styling of
the vehicle with its LED lighting makes it very youthful in character. The
Civic comes with a sleek, swept-back bodyline, an aggressive face, a smart rear
and bulging wheel arches. The new LED headlights, an aesthetically placed
position lights and the fog lamps add to the good looks at the front of the
vehicle. As the roof slopes gracefully to the rear, you get to see distinctive
C-shaped “light-pipe” LED taillights. The vehicle sits on smart 17 inches alloy
Interiors of the 2019 Honda Civic
is a lot to talk when it comes to the interiors of the new Honda Civic. It
scores big time on space, design, quality, comfort and features. What immediately meets your eye are a 7”
colour TFT meter with digital display, a 7-inch touchscreen for you
entertainment, premium ivory leather seats, 8-way power driver seat and dual
zone auto ac.
7-inch Display Audio touchscreen uses the Android operating system that
supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 160-watt audio system has
eight speakers. The remote keyless entry is standard equipment. The wave key
design has an integrated transmitter in the handle with lock, unlock buttons. With
the remote tucked away in the pocket, the driver can simply press the release
button of the trunk to open it. Also for those wondering whether the vehicle
will lock itself when the key is inside, need not worry, the smart entry system
will not allow the transmitter fob to be locked in the interior.
coming to the start stop button, it activates the engine when pressed. In the
diesel that comes with a manual transmission, you need to press the clutch
pedal while doing so, but in the petrol automatic version, you need press the
brake pedal when you press the start stop button.
car also comes with a walk away door lock feature that automatically locks when
the driver leaves the vehicle provided the key holder’s distance from the
vehicle exceeds 2m for 2 seconds and when no other key is detected inside the
vehicle. An audible tone sounds and the hazard lights flash to confirm that the
vehicle has locked. The Walk Away Door Lock feature is programmable, and may be
turned on or off as the driver prefers.
Remote Engine Start feature is only for the petrol automatic model. The remote
engine start feature is built into the key fob supplied with the vehicle. This
is basically to remote start your car so that the aircon begins to cool your
cabin before you step in. To start the engine remotely, the owner presses the
LOCK button and then holds the ENGINE button for a second. The Civic’s hazard
lights will flash, indicating that the signal has been received. When the
engine is started remotely, the wipers, lighting and audio systems remain off,
and the security system remains set. The engine will run for up to 10 minutes
after remote starting, and can be extended by another 10 minutes using the same
procedure; it will then shut off automatically if the owner doesn’t reach the
vehicle within that time. When the owner does get to the car within 10 minutes
– or extended period as the case may be – the engine will keep running while
the owner unlocks the vehicle, gets in, applies the brake and presses the
Civic’s START button, which turns on all of the vehicle’s systems.
is another feature that is ideal for a hot country like ours. This is in both
the models. You hard press the unlock door from outside and all the four
windows will roll down and the sun roof slides open. This ensures that the
terribly warm air that builds up inside a stationary car is dissipated by the
time you enter the car to drive it.
is an ECON button on the floor console which when pressed, will automatically operate
your aircon in a manner which is very efficient. The system calculates the temperature
outside and the accordingly regulates the fan speed and the temperature. The
ECON button basically helps you to optimise your aircon function and in the process
helps achieve a better fuel efficiency.
quality, soft--touch materials are used within the cabin, be it the dashboard,
the door trims, the seats, etc. The car has an electronic parking brake that
essentially replaces a conventional manual parking brake lever. This in turn
has freed up more console space for a larger armrest and greater storage space.
The main storage compartment has a sliding, padded armrest that features added
25mm of adjustability, compared to the previous Civic. A pair of cup holders is
centrally located, and can accommodate large cups when the padded armrest is
placed in the rearmost position. By sliding the adjustable cup holder rearward,
there’s space to accommodate a lot more things. The car also comes with an
electric brake hold function which prevents the vehicle from rolling at a
traffic stop signal. Storage spaces are plenty all across, in the door panels
as well as in the rear arm rest. The all-new Civic has a wider and deeper trunk
the space within the Honda Civic is a result of the vehicle’s longer wheelbase
and wider body. Do remember, the car has been built on the same platform on
which stands the Honda Accord and the Honda CR-V. Both in the front, as well as
at the rear, there is ample space for adults to sit quite comfortably. The
driver seat even gets electric adjustments. Not to be missed is a sunroof.
include a soft-touch instrument panel upper surface, door pad deck seams and soft
door upper panels. So as to ensure that your gadgets can be charged, the
company has designed a 2-tier smartphone tray with a wire management
pass-through for organized connectivity. Frankly speaking, I found this a
little irksome especially when it came to plugging in my mobile charging wire. There’s
also an additional phone storage pocket on the driver’s side.
all-new Civic has analog instrumentation with large tachometer,
coolant-temperature gauge on the left and fuel-level gauge on the right. A
digital speedometer is positioned in the center of the tachometer.
mounted control offer a plethora of functions, The i button helps to browse
through functions like fuel details, phone details, music, etc. the ones on the
right help you with your cruise control.
and performance of the new Honda Civic
coming to the drive part, we got our hands on the automatic petrol variant of
the Honda Civic. Honda is not offering a manual transmission for the petrol.
It’s a 4 cylinder SOHC i-vtec 1799cc engine with 16 valves. The engine produces
around 139hp@6500rpm while achieving a peak torque of 174Nm@4300rpm. Since it is
mated to a continuously variable transmission, and not matter how much
technology has been put in by Honda to reduce the rubber band effect of a CVT,
it does creep in. The groaning or the whining of the engine is quite apparent.
But that does not mean that acceleration is compromised. It’s linear and
powerful. The Sport mode of driving and the use of paddle shifters enhance the
dynamic nature of the car.
for the engine, it comes with only a manual transmission. The 1597ccf 4
cylinder DOHC i-Dtec 16 valves engine produces 118hp@4000rpm and 300Nm of peak
torque@2000rpm. For car enthusiasts, this 6-speed manual transmission is a
thrilling because of its sporty nature. The torquey nature of the engine brings
in a lot of fun. As for other factors like NVH, suspension, ride and handling,
it’s brilliant in both the variants. Now
that this car will be competing with the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis,
it’s but natural that a lot would depend on the price it comes at.
has not been compromised at all in this new Honda Civic as it boasts of an Advanced
Compatibility Engineering or ACE Body, ABS, EBS, Electric Parking Brake, Automatic Brake Hold, Vehicle Stability Assist
with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Lane-watch Camera, Motion-Adaptive
Electric Power Steering and 6 airbags that come standard. The vehicle also has
Agile Handling Assist which selectively uses the vehicle’s brakes to improve
initial turning response and overall cornering ability. As for the Honda Lane-Watch
Lane-Watch feature, it is a system that assists with the driver’s safety checks
by displaying the view diagonally behind the vehicle on the navigation screen
using a camera built into the passenger-side mirror. This basically enhances
the driver’s view of passenger-side traffic. A tiny camera on the
passenger-side mirror can be manually or automatically activated when a driver
signals left. Live video displays on the screen, and it provides the driver
with a view nearly four times greater than using the passenger-side mirror.
Civic with a diesel engine comes at a time when demand for diesel cars is
waning in the country. Moreover, since the Honda Civic has always been looked
upon as a very sporty vehicle, the popular petrol engine does not get a manual
transmission. That is disappointing. But when it comes to the fit and finish
and the overall performance of the vehicle, the Honda Civic stands tall among
the cars in its category. It’s definitely going to be a very hearty homecoming
for this car in India!
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